Career Wisdom for College Students Insights You Won't Get in Class, on the Internet, or from Your Parents

ISBN-10: 0816068380

ISBN-13: 9780816068388

Edition: 2007

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A must-read guide for college students facing tough career choices. Career Wisdom for College Students is a career advice book for those who need it most--college students facing monumental decisions about their future but who may not have all the information they need. Offering insight readers won't get in class, on the Internet, or from their parents, expert author Peter Vogt guides college students through the process of career preparation. While many books exist to aid the first-time job seeker or the recent college graduate, few offer help during the formative time when a major is chosen, an initial career path is charted, and internship and work experience opportunities abound. Filling this niche, this practical book consists of more than 60 advice articles separated into four major sections: "Take a Look Around--A Real Look Around," "Be Careful What You Think You Know," "Build Your Skills and Experience Through Hands-on Activities," and "Land the Job You Really Want." An epilogue offers advice on getting the most out of a campus career counselor, and an appendix suggests helpful resources for further research or career exploration. Chapters include: *What Are You Good At? Ask Someone Else! *You Can Make a Career Out of Almost Anything *Career Decision-Making Traps to Avoid *Money, Status, and Power Aren't the Only Forms of Pay *Experience Isn't Optional; It's Essential *Don't Take Your Technology Skills for Granted *Introverts Can Network Too *"Out-research" Your Competitors, Win the Job.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Facts On File, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Jeff Taylor, founder and chief monster at Monster.com, is a frequent speaker at universities and high-level business conferences. Doug Hardy, a certified job and career transition coach, was the editor-in-chief of Monster.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Take a Look Around-a Real Look Around!
Introduction-Discover What Is Really Out There
Look Inside
First Know Thyself-Now, Not Later
This Is a Test; This Is Only a Test
What Are You Good At? Ask Someone Else!
Career Choice Goes Beyond What You Are Good At
Abilities and Skills [Not Equal] Interests and Passions
You Have to Live with Your Values
Don't Know What You Want? Then Start with the Opposite!
Look Outside
Career Information Is Just a Page or Two Away
Talk to People-That's 'People,' Not 'Person'
You Do Not Need to Talk to People in Person
Lurk and Learn: Internet Listservs Open Your Eyes to New Possibilities
Use Professional Associations to Explore Careers
The Hidden Treasures in Career Center Placement Statistics
Your School's Alums Will Probably Help You-but Only If You Ask!
Look with Patience and an Open Mind
Speed Kills-This Won't Be Fast
You Can Make a Career Out of Almost Anything
The Healthiest Attitude: 'I'm Not Lost; I'm Exploring!'
Treat Career Exploration Like a Trip to the Toy Store Look Around! Browse!
When One Career Door Closes, Look for Others to Open
Be Careful of What You Think You Know!
Introduction-Think About How You Think
Confront Your Internal Beliefs
Think 'What Will I Do First?' Instead of 'What Will I Do with My Life?'
Question Your Sources as You Explore Career Options
Do Not Let Old Assumptions Keep You from Newfound Happiness
Beware of Either/Or Thinking
Career Decision-Making Traps to Avoid
Confront Your External Influences
Geography Matters in Your Career Decision Making
Labor Market Forecasts-Handle with Care
Money, Status, and Power Are Not the Only Forms of Pay
It Is Hard to Make Career Decisions When You Are Dealing with Other Serious Issues
Confront Your Conclusions
You Are Not the Only One Who Is Struggling to Decide
Eliminate an Option Only If You Have Thoroughly Investigated It
Build Your Skills and Experience through Hands-on Activities
Introduction-Experience Leads to Skills; Skills Lead to Jobs
Focus on Action
At Some Point, You Have to Stop Planning and Start Doing
Experience Is Not Optional; It Is Essential
Internship Is Just One Name for Valuable Experience
Internships and Co-ops Give You a Competitive Advantage
You Can Get Paid for an Unpaid Internship
Starting at the Bottom Is Not a Sadistic Hazing Ritual
Focus on Skills
Develop the Soft Skills Employers Demand
Your Moneymaking Jobs Matter More Than You Think
Campus Activities Build Essential Skills That You May Overlook
Your Classroom Experiences Matter to Employers
Volunteer for Your Career
Identify the Skills You Have Gained from Hobbies and Avocations
Do Not Take Your Technology Skills for Granted
Land the Job You Really Want
Introduction-Think Like an Employer, Win the Job
Perfect Your Attitude
Entitlement Kills
'Give Me a Chance' Will Give You No Chance
Yes, You Do Have Contacts to Network With!
It's Not What You Know or Who You Know-It's Both
This Test Is Graded on a Curve
Focus Is Critical to Job Search Success
Perfect Your Approach
It Is Never Too Early to Start Your Job Search
When in Doubt, Apply!
You Can Beat the Low GPA Blues
Customized, Carefully Crafted Documents Win Interviews-and Jobs
Use Numbers to Give Context to Your Accomplishments
On-Campus Recruiters Are Not the Only Ones with Job Openings
Get Involved in a Professional Organization to Make Yourself Known
Why Is Networking So Effective? The Reasons Have Little To Do with You
Introverts Can Network Too
Perfect Your Presentation
Presentation Is Everything-Make Sure You Look Good on Paper and in Person
Examples Beat Mere Words in Your Job Search
Portfolios: Proof of Your Claims
Practice Makes Perfect Where Interviewing Is Concerned
Out-Research Your Competitors, Win the Job
Interviewing Is a Two-Way Street
The Power of a Simple Thank-You Note
All Sorts of Factors Impact Your Job Search Success (or Lack Thereof)
Epilogue-There Is No Need to Go It Alone: 10 Reasons to Visit Your Campus Career Center
Additional Help
About the Author
Index
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